Richard J. Nogal

Phone: (630) 655-6000
Fax: (630) 655-9808

I am dedicated to providing personable, creative, professional and aggressive advocacy to our clients and to obtaining a thorough knowledge of our clients’ businesses and objectives.

Rick Nogal joined Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd. as a partner in 2002 and has served as its Executive Vice President since 2019. Rick began his legal career at the Chicago firm of Jenner & Block. He has successfully litigated a diverse array of complex commercial matters, including business torts, restrictive covenants, corporate, estate, franchise, insurance, intellectual property, real estate, contracts, shareholder, and construction disputes. He counsels clients on business issues, dispute resolution and litigation at all levels of trial and appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Illinois, and arbitration tribunals. Rick has published articles and spoken at industry and legal education seminars related to remedies for employee breaches of fiduciary duty, non-compete agreements, construction-industry litigation, and damages in commercial litigation.

Rick is actively involved in his community. He has served as a leader in several organizations, including Chairman of the Board of Directors of Palos Community Hospital, member of the Board of Education and President of the Palos Community Consolidated School District 118, member of the Board of Education and President of Consolidated High School District 230, Trustee and Commissioner of the Palos Fire Protection District, Chairman of Our Lady of the Woods Parish Council, Orland Park, member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, member of the Board of Directors of A.J. Smith Federal Savings Bank, and member of the Board of Directors of First Secure Bank & Trust Co. Rick was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding School Board President for the State of Illinois by the Illinois State Board of Education. He has been named a Leading Lawyer and recognized as one of the nation's top commercial litigators.

Rick is also active in the legal community and has written articles and presented on such topics as:

  • Author, "Remedies for Illinois Businesses when a Former Employee Competes," DuPage County Bar Association Brief (November 1998)
  • Presenter: "Non-Compete Agreements and Related Employment Disputes," National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (Orlando, Florida 1998)
  • Presenter: "Indoor Air Quality Law, Liability and Litigation for the Construction Industry," National Environmental Balancing Bureau (Las Vegas, Nevada 1995)


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1981
    • Editorial Board Member, Northwestern University Law Review
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1978
    • Phi Beta Kappa honors
    • Recipient of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Educational Achievement Award

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar

Bar Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

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